New Hampshire Senior News Briefs

December 16. 2012 6:18PM
Norma Walker, former president of the Cheshire County Retired Educators Association, and current President Jackie Cleary examine some of the many children's mittens and gloves contributed by association members for distribution to area Head Start programs. (COURTESY)
Retired men's group plans Christmas social

MANCHESTER - The New Hampshire Retired Men's Association will have a Christmas social for current and new members at its Tuesday meeting.

A Yankee Swap is planned, and attendees are asked to bring an inexpensive swap gift. Refreshments also will be served.

The association will meet from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Catholic Medical Center's Community Health Services Conference Room, located on the lower level floor at 195 McGregor St., across the street from the hospital.

The group's meetings are free and open to all interested men. For more information about RMA, contact Tom Arnold at or 965-3573.

RMA also has a computer group that meets the second Thursday of the month as well as a cribbage card playing group that meets the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month. For more about the computer group, email Jim Theodosopoulos at For cribbage information, call Bob Campbell at 669-4944 or email

Mascoma center to host holiday dinner, party

CANAAN - Mascoma Area Senior Center, 1166 Route 4, will host a holiday dinner and party during lunchtime Wednesday and a "Holiday Gift Circle" at 11 a.m. Thursday. To participate in the circle, seniors should bring a wrapped gift suitable for anyone. For more information, call the center at 523-4333.

Retired educators celebrate holidays, help those in need

KEENE - Last week, 97 members of the Cheshire County Retired Educators Association gathered at Stonewall Farm to celebrate the holidays and to share with those in need.

Members continued their long-established tradition of a "mitten tree," donating mittens, gloves and other items of children's outerwear that will be distributed by Southwest Community Services to area Head Start programs. A large quantity of food, as well as $250 in monetary donations, also was collected and presented to the Keene Community Kitchen and Monadnock Food Coalition.

Membership Chairman Ken Whitaker introduced five new members: Cathy Conkling (Troy School); Elke Hanna (Keene's Jonathan Daniels School); Priscilla Whitford (Chesterfield School); and Michael Connolly and Brie Gooldis (International Schools, including Saigon).

Entertainment was provided by the Keene Senior Swingers.

CCREA will resume its schedule of luncheon meetings April 9 at Papagallo's Restaurant in North Swanzey.

CCREA includes retired teachers, administrators and educational support personnel who reside within or who previously taught in Cheshire County. For information about joining the group, call Whitaker at 827-3702.

Presidential Oaks hosts artisans, Santa at fair

CONCORD - During Presidential Oaks Retirement Community's fifth annual Capital Area Artisans Fair, a group of juried artisans showed off their wares and Santa came by for a visit.

Kids of all ages rushed to have their picture taken with Santa, including Caleb Anderson, who rattled off a list of electronic devices as Santa took careful mental notes, and Cameron Smith, who asked for his own Ninja Turtles so he wouldn't have to play with his father's vintage collection. Santa spent hours listening to all the stories and wishes and autographed every picture.

The Capital Area Artisans is a group sponsored by Presidential Oaks Retirement. The artisans enjoy free space at Presidential Oaks Retirement craft fairs, free advertising and meeting space, networking with other artisans and exposure to new clients with no membership fee. In exchange, they provide a one-hour demonstration of their craft to Presidential Oaks Retirement residents each year.

For more about Presidential Oaks, call 225-6644, extension 101, or email

Plymouth center plans day of Christmas festivities

PLYMOUTH - Christmas festivities will get under way at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Plymouth Regional Senior Center, 8 Depot St.

The day will include a traditional cookie swap, an old-fashioned tea party, a fashion show with women from the center's gift shop, Christmas music and a luncheon.

With one donation, people can help keep a child warm this winter and help support the senior center. Each year, Meredith Village Savings Bank accepts handmade or store-bought hats and mittens for its Christmas Mitten Tree. For each item the bank receives, a donation will be made to the center.

The center will offer a New Year's Day buffet at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 31.

The gift shop staff is working on a special project that requires one-quart canning jars. The center says all donations would be very much appreciated.

Upper Valley center offers new bus service

LEBANON - Upper Valley Senior Center, 10 Campbell St., has started regular bus service this month from the center to the Claremont DMV every second Friday of the month at 1 p.m. and the Market Basket grocery store all other Fridays at 1 p.m.

Because this service is expected to be extremely busy, seniors are asked to contact the center's transportation office at 448-4213 to reserve a seat by the Tuesday before each trip.

The center already operates three buses offering transportation for a variety of needs, such as doctor and hospital visits, banking, hairdresser appointments and shopping. At least 24 hours of notice is requested for this transportation. Each van is equipped with a wheelchair lift.

For more information, call the center at 448-4213.

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